Yesterday was the best Thursday ever. Consider:
- After what felt like years but was actually years, I finally got my BA from Temple University. Cum laude, even, which was a pleasant surprise since I would’ve expected something more like pedicabo et irrumabo (my Latin is probably wrong there) . This wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of help from a lot of people who made it their business to see to it that I graduated, particularly Ruth Ost, Ben Stavis, Louis Mangione, and Craig Eisendrath, all at Temple.It’s super-nice to have this out of the way, and as an added benefit, my resume is now 90% less mendacious! (Previous versions said that my degree was “expected June 2005.” This wasn’t exactly a lie — I really did expect it.
- A CD I got for sending a donation to This American Life also finally showed up on my parents’ doorstep.
- I received the contract for a large, fun project that I’m not currently at liberty to discuss, and
- William F. Buckley died.
Later in the day, a massive amount of work threatened to turn it into the Worst Thursday Ever, but then
- I got an email from my mom saying that she was getting ready to send me a care package of butter rum/caramel chocolate bars.
As if that wasn’t enough, I heard that the China Daily was publishing an interview that they did with me at the start of February. (The article came out today, but I’m going to count it under Thursday anyway.) Surely there can be no higher honor.